“Airlines are overlooking the mental health and wellbeing of pilots and other aviation workers in their scramble to get planes flying again” (www.theguardian.com)

By Rory Carroll Researchers say industry practice should change to encourage workers to seek help when they need it Airlines are overlooking the mental health and wellbeing of pilots and other aviation workers in their scramble to get planes flying again, according to researchers. Many aviation workers experienced anxiety, stress and depression during Covid-19 lockdowns, […]


June 3, 2021

Joint statement from IATA and ITF on International Cabin Crew Day

Today is International Cabin Crew Day. We salute all the world’s cabin crew for their dedication to helping people stay connected through air travel. We pay special tribute to those whose livelihoods have fallen victim to the pandemic. And the salute includes all who continue to keep people safe in-flight during the pandemic. Sadly, these […]


May 31, 2021

International Cabin Crew Day: An open letter by the chair of the cabin crew committee of the ITF

Dear Friends and Colleagues, My name is Sean Beatty and I am chair of the cabin crew committee of the ITF, representing some 160,000 cabin crew throughout the world. I want to welcome you and thank you for your participation in this year’s International Cabin Crew Day. A day that formally recognises and puts front […]


Patent waivers will save millions of lives, governments must act now

The world’s transport unions today have demanded that governments across the world support waiving intellectual property rights at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to fight Covid-19. With devastating waves of the disease tearing their way through the heart of countries around the globe – most notably India – governments are being urged to support India […]


May 20, 2021

We are only safe when everyone is safe: aviation unions join call for TRIPS Waiver to fight Covid

ITF civil aviation unions today joined growing calls for governments to pass an emergency waiver to enable universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and equipment. With a devastating second wave tearing its way through the heart of numerous countries – including most notably India – governments are being urged to support the proposal put forward […]


May 6, 2021

Airlines recovery in the Arab world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other crisis encountered by our industry. Thousands of jobs were lost, and the future of aviation post – pandemic is still uncertain. As the world reopens, we must look at how jobs can be retained, workers’ health and safety protected and how union infrastructure can be strengthened to […]


April 6, 2021

Seafarers, air transport workers must be prioritised for vaccine

Today the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reiterates our strong request for seafarers and aviation workers to be prioritised by governments in their Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The ITF welcomes the joint statement from UN bodies last week supporting this position. Covid-19 and its impacts have been felt by none more acutely than transport workers and […]


March 29, 2021

ITF calls on governments for the swift adoption of new ICAO guidance

With passenger demand continuing its free-fall and prospects for an industry turnaround being hampered by government travel restrictions brought on by new COVID-19 variants, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling on governments to adopt updated guidance issued today by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). “There is a clear and urgent need […]


March 15, 2021